Partnerships in Marine Research

Partnerships in Marine Research

Case Studies, Lessons Learned, and Policy Implications

1st Edition - December 1, 2021

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  • Editors: Guillermo Auad, Francis Wiese
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323904278
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323904285

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Partnerships in Marine Research: Case Studies, Lessons Learned, and Policy Implications provides a thorough assessment of this important approach to Marine Research. It starts by looking at the problems faced by scientists as they conduct investigations within Marine Research; it then leads into case studies where partnerships have been successful and concludes with the ultimate intended outcomes for this approach. Through these sections of the book, an experience-based framework for sustainable partnerships and science is introduced, including some key elements identifiable in the case studies presented. Elements of the framework are implicitly present in each of the case studies, including four key elements: flexibility of the partnership system, diversity (of partners and functions), redundancy, and connectivity. These four elements are important aspects of the partnership resilience and crucial to sustain and to achieve its goals. Partnerships in Marine Research guides the sustainable planning and implementation of future ocean science and technology projects, and provides a fundamental tool for researchers, engineers, and decision makers involved in collaborative Marine Research.

Key Features

  • Presents chapters from a diverse group of contributors, enabling a broad and deep perspective
  • Includes case studies to connect the reader to successful marine research partnerships
  • Provides key elements of resilient and sustainable partnerships throughout different project phases and a framework for supporting research partnerships in the future
  • Projects lessons learned and conclusions toward a plausible 2050 scenario to advance and reach sustainable development goals while aiming to rebuild marine life in the Global Ocean


Oceanographers, marine conservationists, Marine biologists, marine management practitioners, Aquatic Ecologists

Table of Contents

  • Cover image
  • Title page
  • Table of Contents
  • Copyright
  • Contributors
  • About the editors
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Motivations to partner
  • History of partnerships in marine research
  • Life phases in partnering
  • Case studies of marine research partnerships
  • Acknowledgment
  • Chapter 1. The Bering Sea Project
  • Introduction
  • Background
  • Building the partnership
  • Program implementation
  • Program management
  • Program findings
  • Sustainability
  • Lessons learned
  • Conclusions
  • Chapter 2. Belmont Forum partnerships
  • Introduction
  • Partnership processes
  • Implementing the partnerships
  • Outcomes and lessons learned
  • Chapter 3. The Nansen Legacy: pioneering research beyond the present ice edge of the Arctic Ocean
  • Introduction
  • Background
  • Norway's Arctic future?
  • First steps toward the Nansen Legacy project and goals
  • Challenges and activities
  • Presenting the plan to industry and international partners
  • Quality control of the research plan
  • Funding the Nansen Legacy project
  • Recruitment for a sustainable Arctic future
  • The significance of cooperation, division of labor, and focus for solving grand national and international research questions
  • Lessons learned?
  • How will the future Arctic look like and how should we adapt to research efforts?
  • Chapter 4. The Argo Program
  • Introduction
  • Argo's roots in WOCE
  • The formation of Argo's multi-national partnership
  • Implementation of the global Argo array
  • International governance: Argo and JCOMM
  • The Argo data management system
  • The sustainability of Argo
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 5. The Marine Arctic Ecosystem Study partnership: planning, implementation and lessons learned
  • Introduction
  • Project planning
  • Project implementation
  • Lessons learned
  • Conclusions
  • Chapter 6. Partnering with the public: The Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team
  • Introduction
  • Marine citizen science
  • COASST as a case study
  • Motivation to start the program
  • Organizational evolution
  • Lessons learned
  • Conclusion - partnerships in citizen science
  • Chapter 7. Long-term sustainability of ecological monitoring: perspectives from the Multi-Agency Rocky Intertidal Network
  • Introduction
  • Foundations of MARINe
  • Sustainable practices
  • Strengths of the partnership
  • Chapter 8. Deep-water study partnership: characterizing and understanding the ecological role of deep corals and chemosynthetic communities in the Gulf of Mexico and northwest Atlantic
  • Introduction
  • Partnering agency introductions
  • Chemo III
  • Lophelia II
  • Atlantic Canyons
  • Summary comments
  • Chapter 9. Adaptation to repetitive flooding: expanding inventories of possibility through the co-production of knowledge
  • Introduction/background
  • Project setup and goals
  • Project implementation
  • Ongoing lessons
  • Conclusion: a more collaborative science
  • Chapter 10. Lessons learned from nine partnerships in marine research
  • Introduction
  • Analysis
  • Resilience and sustainability of partnerships
  • Conclusions
  • Chapter 11. Research partnerships and policies: a dynamic and evolving nexus
  • Introduction
  • Research policies and partnerships
  • Case studies
  • Policy sources and impacts
  • The future of research policies
  • Recommendations for research policies
  • Chapter 12. Global marine biodiversity partnership
  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Fertile Ground
  • The Partnership
  • Operational Phase
  • Epilogue
  • Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 250
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2021
  • Published: December 1, 2021
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323904278
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323904285

About the Editors

Guillermo Auad

Dr. Guillermo Auad is the Senior Research Coordinator and a Science Advisor at the US Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. Earlier, he was the chief of the physical and chemical sciences branch at the Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. Before 2010 and for over a decade, he was a faculty member at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego, and an Adjunct Professor of Oceanography at Palomar College. He has created national and international partnerships including an award-winning project between the United States and Canada on Arctic marine ecosystems as well as multi-nation partnerships addressing ocean sustainability, through the Belmont Forum. He was one of the US Government lead reviewers of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report and a contributing author to the Third National Climate Assessment. Since 2010, he has focused on project management of different interdisciplinary studies used to inform decisions on offshore energy. Dr. Auad has co-authored national policies on Arctic research and several publications ranging from multidisciplinary studies using observations and models, to the application of socio-ecological resilience concepts for effective resource management and adaptation. He received his PhD in Oceanography from Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Affiliations and Expertise

Guillermo Auad, US Department of the Interior's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, Sterling, VA, USA.

Francis Wiese

Dr. Francis Wiese is a Senior Principal within Stantec’s Environmental Services Group and serves as Stantec’s Technical Leader for Marine Research. Francis brings 28 years of experience working in the coastal and marine environment throughout the world, designing, implementing, and managing large interdisciplinary, multi-institutional science programs in the Arctic, North Atlantic, North Pacific, Bering Sea, the Gulf of Alaska, and the Gulf of Mexico, with additional experience in the North Sea, Caribbean, Antarctic, and the Galapagos. Dr. Wiese has worked for and with academia, government, nonprofits, and industry, is a technical reviewer for over 20 international journals, and serves on a variety of national and international science panels, committees, and working groups. He has extensively focused on environmental impacts as a result of anthropogenic stressors, climate change, socio-ecological resiliency, system science, marine spatial planning, coastal erosion, marine shipping, environmental policy, and adaptive management. He recently contributed a book chapter focused on a vision for a sustainable Arctic, integrating key global steps across society that are needed to reach such a future. Francis believes that collaboration and communication is key and as such is a prolific public speaker that enjoys thinking outside the box to solve complex real-world issues. Dr. Wiese earned his PhD in Conservation Biology at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada.

Affiliations and Expertise

Stantec Consulting Services Inc., Anchorage, AK, USA

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